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Afton VA Near Zero Energy Home

This home was built with the intent to be environmentally sound, but at the same time taking advantage of the beautiful surroundings of this lot near the Shenendoah Mountains. The house was oriented to allow outstanding views from the rear facing sou Read More »
Trail Magic S and W sides showing PV panels deck and sun patio; a positive energy home in Oberlin OH Trial Magic S and W sides reflected in pond at night; a positive energy home in Oberlin OH (photo Joe Ferut Ferut Architects) Trail Magic at night showing N and W sides; a positive energy home in Oberlin OH (photo Joe Ferut Ferut Architects) Trail Magic N and W sides; a positive energy home Oberlin Ohio Trail Magic deck and S & W sides; apositive energy home Oberlin OH Trail Magic site looking north; a positive energy home in Oberlin OH Trail Magic Reddi-Wall insulated concrete form; a positive energy home in Oberlin OH Trail Magic framing first floor; a positive energy home in Oberlin OH Train Magic exterior double 2 x 4 wall in kitchen; a positive energy home in Oberlin OH Trail Magic exterior double 2 x 4wall and roof rafters in loft; a postive energy home in Oberlin OH Trail Magic double wall insulation; a positive energy home in Oberlin OH Trail Magic lumbering on site ash trees for house; a positive energy home in Oberlin OH. Trail Magic 95% (9964 lbs) of construction waste reused or recycled; a positive energy home in Oberlin OH. Trail Magic living-dining rooom; a positive energy home in Oberlin OH. Trail Magic living-dining room from stair landing; a energy positive energy home in Oberlin OH. Trail Magic open riser stairway to study; a energy positive energy home in Oberlin OH. Trail Magic kitchen; a positive energy home in Oberlin OH. Trail Magic master bedroom; a posistive energy home in Oberlin OH. Trail Magic stairwell book cases; a positive energy home in Oberlin OH. Trail Magic shelf of stairwell book cases; a positive energy home in Oberlin OH. Trail Magic creating garden soil over heavy clay; a positive energy home in Oberlin OH. Trail Magic garden in 2012; a positive energy home in Oberlin OH. Trail Magic 5-year-old tall grass prairie; a positive energy home in Oberlin OH. Trail Magic a tour group in the living-dining room; a positive energy home in Oberlin OH.
Trail Magic

My wife, Mary, and I had long admired and wanted to live in a passive solar house similar to the one built in 1981 by our good friends, David and Harriet Borton. We replicated what they did with better materials and added solar produced electricity.O Read More »
Walden Pond Visitor Center

Walden Pond State Reservation is an internationally acclaimed National Historic Landmark and protected open space along 330 acres. Over 500,000 visitors a year visit the pond due to its great beauty, as well as inspiration of Henry David Thoreau. Th Read More »
house front 2014 before renovation first step in insulating: tear off siding second and third steps: apply moisture barrier and EPS foam fourth and fifth steps: apply 5/" ply and Tyvek sixth step: furring strips to keep air gap between house and siding seventh step: siding (LP Smartsiding ripped in half) Roofing 1: 18"x6" laminated beam inserted to support new roof Roofing 1a: laminated beam hefted in place by hand in 6 300lb pieces Roofing 2: 10" foam applied between OSB 'girders' Roofing 3: lateral 2x6"s covered in plywood for R-80 in all Geothermal: 4 250' wells drilled in a 30x40' backyard Basement insulated via 4" wide trench to footing Basement insulation: 4 inches of foam inserted into trench Flooring on 2nd floor: recycled maple ranging from 1875-1990 Interior ceiling: ducts and wiring hidden by ceiling soffits Soffits frame cove ceilings in all downstairs rooms Ceiling: finished coves and soffits in family room Master bedroom: cathedral ceiling dropped to barrel vault Master bedroom with barrel vault Wallboard - Certainteed to absorb formaldehyde for ten years main stairs complete with hand-turned Tuscan Doric columns kitchen before renovation kitchen after renovation
Victorian net zero renovation

Two retired professors, Linda and Stewart Herman, wanted to show that a standard city house on a standard city lot in chilly Minneapolis could be renovated to net zero in energy with no sacrifice in attractiveness, space or comfort.  These goals wer Read More »
Our solar panel array on the roof of our house our "Green Zero Carbon Home" Our heat pumps which cut our carbon footprint by 20 tons a year
Green Zero Carbon Home

We cut the carbon dioxide emissions of our 5300sf 1970's house by 43 tons per year getting us to a year round zero-carbon footprint. We are not only  saving money, our bills (for heating oil and electricity) are down $11,500 a year, but we are earni Read More »
Sol Lux Alpha

 https://www.honestbuildings.com/project/#!/view/85159/sol-lux-alphaThese four fine residences represent an evolution of design and convergence of technologies resulting in Carbon Neutral Living and Transportation. Off The Grid Design LLC, The Klein Read More »
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